Definition of confinement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈfaɪnmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaɪnmənt//
    Prison, Types of punishment, Pregnancy
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of being forced to stay in a closed space, prison, etc., the act of putting somebody there her confinement to a wheelchair years of confinement as a political prisoner see also home confinement, solitary confinement See related entries: Prison, Types of punishment
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] (formal or old-fashioned) the time when a woman gives birth to a baby the expected date of confinement a hospital/home confinement See related entries: Pregnancy
  3. Extra examples He spent eleven years in solitary confinement. He was sentenced to six months of home confinement. The animals are kept in close confinement. involuntary confinement to a psychiatric hospital their confinement to army barracks those birds that escape confinement and adapt to new environments
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